Cream of Mushroom Soup from Scratch
If you’ve only ever had cream of mushroom soup from a can, you really don’t know what you’ve been missing all these years. This recipe for cream of mushroom soup with wild rice gives you a much bigger depth of flavor because when you make it from scratch you get to add your own ingredients. That doesn’t mean that it is hard to make though, because it’s honestly a very simple recipe. I mean, it’s more challenging than heating up the contents of a can, but you love cooking, right? This recipe is made in a pressure cooker and if you’re familiar with pressure cooking at all, you know that it really just involves adding ingredients to a pot, stirring and pressing some buttons. That’s it and then you’re left with a delicious hearty one pot meal that is worlds better than anything you will buy. (If you’re new to pressure cooking, click here for all you need to know!)
What’s in Cream of Mushroom Soup?
It really is what’s inside that counts, at least that’s true for almost every recipe and this one is no exception. The ingredients for this soup are pretty simple and very versatile. Aside from the mushrooms (which we’ll talk about in a minute), the ingredients are common: shallots (or onions if you don’t happen to have shallots on hand), celery, oregano, thyme, butter, cream, wild rice, dry sherry (which you can leave out if you don’t have any, but it does add really nice flavor), and some chicken (or vegetable) stock. Nothing crazy.
When you’re making cream of mushroom soup from scratch, it’s adding a variety of mushrooms that really matters. Most store-bought soups are made with one type of mushroom, but there are so many different mushrooms to choose from in grocery stores these days that you don’t have to stick with just one variety. You also don’t have to use the mushrooms I’ve labeled above – any wild mushroom mix that is available to you will work. If all you have are button or brown mushrooms, add a mix of both of those mushrooms. Just make sure you add two or more types of fresh mushrooms. I also like to cut them in different shapes. Chopping some of the mushrooms finely helps add bulk to the soup, while slicing some so that they are still a recognizable mushroom shape adds visual interest. For the dried porcinis, any mix of dried mushrooms are perfect and you only need a small amount.
What is Wild Rice Anyway?
Wild rice is the second prominent ingredient in this cream of mushroom soup. It adds a nutty, earthy flavor, but it also adds so much more! Wild rice is actually not even a rice, but the seed from a water grass. It’s the cool cousin to white and brown rice and brings a lot of benefits along with it. It has a lot more protein than white rice and a TON more fiber. It’s also lower in calories and carbs than regular white or brown rice. So, it’s more than just a pretty face! It does have one other big difference, however, which is that it takes longer to cook. That’s not a problem for us, however, because we’re using the pressure cooker which will speed things up. If you like a little chewiness in your wild rice, pressure cook this soup for 30 minutes. If you want the wild rice completely soft, let the pressure go for 45 minutes total. (If you are interested in learning more about white rice and how to cook it, click here.)
A Pretty Soup Deserves a Pretty Garnish
You don’t have to make the sautéed shiitake mushroom topping, but it does look nice and dresses this soup up. I’ll make a deal with you – for family on a weeknight, you don’t have to make the topping, but for a weekend meal or a dinner party just give it a try. It only takes a few minutes and your soup is cooking for 30 minutes anyway. Remove the stems from the shiitake mushrooms and cut them into spoon-sized pieces (leave little ones whole). Sauté them on high heat with butter and sage. Easy but they enhance the look so much and their flavor is fantastic.
How to Make Cream of Mushroom Soup on the Stovetop
If you don’t have a pressure cooker (why not?), of course you can make this soup on the stovetop instead. Follow the recipe as written, but sauté the mushrooms for longer – about 10 to 12 minutes. Add an extra cup of stock and simmer on the stovetop for at least one hour, or until the rice is the texture that you like. Finish the soup the same way it is written in the instructions – with a beurre manié if you want it thicker and some delicious heavy cream.
Does Cream of Mushroom Freeze?
Yes, indeed! You can store this soup in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or you can put it into an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months. When you re-heat the soup (from the refrigerator or freezer), make sure you thin the soup to your liking with either water or more chicken stock.
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Creamy, hearty and absolutely delicious! You are amazing Meredith!
When you say to use 8 Oz. Of wild mushrooms what type of mushroom(s) are you referring to? I don’t think most of my markets sell wild mushrooms.
Hi Shari. The most common wild mushrooms you usually find are shiitake, oyster, enoki, chanterelle, and maitake mushrooms. Some grocery stores have an assorted package of wild mushrooms available, or you can usually find some at a local farmer’s market. If not any combination of mushrooms such as white, cremini and portabella would work for this recipe too.
what if you want to add some meat, like chicken to this? when would you do that? could you cube up raw chicken and just add in before pressure?
Hi Cindy. This soup cooks for too long under pressure to add the chicken beforehand. The wild rice takes about 30 minutes to cook, but chicken cubes would only take about 4 or 5 minutes. So, you could sauté the chicken cubes and just stir them in at the end, or you could add the chicken cubes to the pot right after you release the pressure. Stir in the chicken and return the lid to the pot for about 15 minutes. The soup will be hot enough to cook the chicken. Then, you can add the cream, stir in the beurre manié and return the cooker to the BROWN or SAUTÉ mode to thicken the soup.
If you want to make this without the wild rice, how long to pressure cook?
Hi Bonnie. I would cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and then let the pressure release naturally. It might need thickening at that point, so you could stir in a beurre manie (flour and butter mixed together) or a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch dissolved in water).
At what point do I add the wild rice into the Instant Pot? It seems to be missing in the directions (or my eyes are wonky). Thank you!
Your eyes are not wonky! Thanks for catching that, Russ. I have updated the recipe.
Ridiculously delicious! Another homerun, Meredith!
This looks amazing and something I would love to make. However, I have celiac and making the “beurre manié” will be an issue for me. Any suggestions what I could do to substitute?
You could use white rice flour instead of wheat flour. You could also use a slurry with arrowroot or cornstarch powder by mixing it with cold water and then add it to the soup and bring it to a boil. Use a 1:2 ratio of the starch to water.
I have white flour so I could try that. I have also used slurry before to thicken other foods. I am guessing no butter with the slurry??
That’s right. No butter with a slurry – just mix with water.